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THURSDAY      April 29, 1999      SECTION ONE       vol 10, no. 84

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One of the devil's Irish jokes is no longer funny!

      In his column today, Pat Ludwa makes it short and sweet as he comments on the absurdity of Irish rebel singer Sinead O'Connor being ordained a priest, pointing out that mockery comes in all shapes and sizes. Talent has nothing to do with it because she has none. It's all about free will which she has abused greatly. For Pat's column Mockery, click on VIEW FROM THE PEW


The Third Century: More saintly Popes during the Roman persecutions

      For a few weeks we will continue to bring you this series in place of our regular WHERE IS HOLY MOTHER CHURCH HEADING AS WE NEAR THE MILLENNIUM? for it is important to know where we have been in order to better understand where we are heading. Therefore a thorough foundation of the Church is vital for our present time as we continue with the years of persecution The Blood of the MartyrsB> today covering the first half of the third century and the holy Sovereign Pontiffs who guided the Church during that time as we detail in this abridged History of the Mass and Holy Mother Church over a 2000 year span called 2000 YEAR VOYAGE ON THE BARQUE OF PETER. For Installment ten, click on BARQUE OF PETER

Installment Nine

part two: The Early Popes - The First Half of the Third Century

Next Wednesday: Installment Ten: The Blood of the Martyrs replenish a flourishing Church part three - Popes of the second half of the Third Century

The end justifies the means

     They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but the words of Bishop Fulton J. Sheen have been known to launch a thousand images in one's mind, one of the ways this late luminary did so much to evangelize the faith. Because of the urgency of the times and because few there are today who possess the wisdom, simplicity and insight than the late Archbishop who touched millions, we are bringing you daily gems from his writings. The good bishop makes it so simple that we have dubbed this daily series: "SIMPLY SHEEN".

"We cannot get a real satisfaction out of our work unless we pause, frequently, to ask ourselves why we are doing it, and whether its purpose is one our minds wholeheartedly approve...A job of any kind can be lifted up and given Divine purpose, if it is seen in the perspective of Eternity."

Events that happened this day in Church History

      On this day in 1429 Saint Joan of Arc would lead a band of French troops into the beseiged city of Orleans and recapture it for France and the Church. From henceforth she would be known as the "Maid of Orleans" and, though her name and reputation were badly besmirched by her enemies and she was labeled a heretic, those charges were all proved false by Pope Callistus III in 1456 and she was canonized in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV. For other pertinent events throughout the centuries that are memorable in Church history today, click on MILLENNIUM MILESTONES AND MEMORIES

Historical Events in Church Annals for April 29:

"I solemnly tell you the moment is very close. Pray. Convert your heart. Be totally abandoned to God in all things and you shall persevere."

      Those words were conveyed by the Blessed Mother on the Solemnity of Trinity Sunday in 1994 to the Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart in Message #500 where Our Lady reminds all of the power and glory of the Triune Divinity. She prefaces this two days earlier on May 27, 1994 by asking us to reread Sacred Scripture and to read what is written about the remnant, those few who will remain loyal to her Divine Son and His Church. Those times are upon us the Blessed Virgin Mary affirms and asks if we are ready. For Messages #499 and #500, click on "I SOLEMNLY TELL YOU..."

Messages 499 and 500

Message Four Hundred-ninety-nine, May 27, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Feast of St. Augustine of Canterbury)

Message Five Hundred, May 29, 1994

(Imparted to the Hidden Flower by the Immaculate Heart of Mary)
(Solemnity of Trinity Sunday)


      Today is the feast of Saint Catherine of Siena, the virgin and Church's first female Doctor of the Church chronologically. Tomorrow is the Fourth Friday of Easter and the feast of Pope Saint Pius V, the great Pontiff who enacted the Reforms of Trent and decreed that the Mass should be said in Latin ad infinitum. For the readings, liturgies, meditations and vignettes on these two saints, click on DAILY LITURGY.

Thursday, April 29, 1999

Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Friday, April 30, 1999

Saint Pius V, Pope and Religious

April 25th Medjugorje Monthly Message

   Dear children! Also today I call you to prayer. Little children, be joyful carriers of peace and love in this peaceless world. By fasting and prayer, witness that you are mine and that you live my messages. Pray and seek! I am praying and interceding for you before God that you convert; that your life and behavior always be Christian. Thank you for having responded to my call.

For more on Medjugorje, click on MEDJUGORJE AND MORE


"Amen, amen. I say to you, he who receives anyone I send, receives Me; and he who receives Me, receives him who sent Me. "

John 13: 20

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